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Student Services

Academic Advising

Academic advisors are here to help students succeed in their academic pursuits. Advisors provide guidance and assistance to students in: understanding university policy and procedures; forming academic and career goals; providing mentorship in developing decision-making skills; and providing encouragement in making the most of each student’s academic life at Montana Western.

To make an advising appointment, you may contact one of the following academic advisors:

Jennifer Fox at (406) 683-7050 [email protected]

Suzanne Forrester at (406) 683-7049  [email protected]

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The Montana Western Bookstore is stocked for all of students’ academic needs, from course books to art and office supplies. The Bookstore is also your source for official Montana Western gear.

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CAPP Degree Evaluation

A CAPP Degree Evaluation is a tool that can be used by students and advisors to track course requirements needed for graduation from a specific degree.  The degree evaluation compares a student’s academic history to the program they are desiring to pursue.  It then produces a report that shows how courses are applying towards a degree including what areas of the degree where all requirement are met and what is still pending.

CAPPS is available for students who are using the 2015-16 catalog or any future catalogs to complete their degree.

Information Related to CAPP

Access CAPP through DAWGS
CAPP Handbook for Students
Glossary of Terms
Running a CAPP Audit

Career Services

Montana Western Career Services is a comprehensive resource for students as they make the transition from college to careers.

Through Montana Western’s experiential learning, students emerge from campus better prepared to enter the workforce. The Career Services office at Western is a comprehensive resource for students as they make the transition from college to careers. Career Services offers assistance to students and alumni in the following areas:

  • Career counseling to help students decide a major or determine a career path
  • Job search assistance including an online job board
  • Developing job search tools including a resume, cover letter, professional website, and social media presence
  • Gain knowledge of and prepare for interviews

Call (406) 683-7143 or e-mail [email protected] for more information or to make an appointment.

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Student Counseling Services

Confidential counseling is available free to all students registered for a minimum of seven credits in a semester. Services provided for students include counseling for individuals, couples, and families, as well as group sessions and community referrals.

Appointments can be made by contacting:

Heidi Peterson, LCPC
Director of Student Counseling & Wellness: (406) 683-7180, [email protected]

Morgan Bialas, MS
Student Counselor: (406) 683-7181, [email protected]

Rachel Harris
Administrative Assistant to Dean of Students: (406) 683-7388, [email protected]

Student Counseling is located in the Dean of Students Center which is located at 528 Poindexter Street across from the Student Union Building.

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Disability Services

Montana Western works hard to accommodate all physical, psychological, and/or learning disabilities. No student should be excluded from participation in classes or extracurricular programs because of a disability.

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Health Insurance for Students

Students are required to carry either their own health insurance or to enroll in the campus plan. Basic medical care for students is available through the Community Health Clinic, just off campus. We have a campus wellness office that sponsors health fairs and classes in yoga, dance, and cardiovascular training.

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Learning Center

The Learning Center at UM Western offers a collaborative learning environment with study areas, computers, reference library and knowledgeable tutors. Free peer tutoring is available for all Western students. The Learning Center is located in the lower level of the Lucy Carson Library, room 006, and is open Monday – Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We are closed Saturdays, Sundays & holidays.

For more information, contact the Learning Center at (406) 683-7200 or [email protected], or the program manager [email protected].

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The Library provides research tools and research assistance to support coursework. Comfortable spaces are available for quiet individual study and for dynamic group work.

For more information, contact the library at (406) 683-7542 or email the Library Director, Anne Kish, at [email protected].

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In addition to 24-hour campus security, Montana Western’s KeepSafe program keeps our students safe and encourages wellness in every area of life. The program offers services such as Safe Ride, suicide prevention, and the Tobacco Free Task Force.

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Student Union

The Student Union Building (SUB) is the hub of student activity at Montana Western. It is the home of the campus bookstore, ASUMW offices, the campus radio station KDWG (90.9), Veteran and Military Exchange (VMX), the Bark ‘n’ Bite and lounges where students can relax, study or watch TV.

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO programs help low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities realize their educational potential. Students receiving TRIO services are more likely to enroll and graduate from a post-secondary education program. The national average of students completing a bachelor’s degree is 8.6 percent. The average for Montana TRIO students completing a bachelor’s is 29 percent.

For more information, contact the TRIO Student Support Services Interim Director Michael Bartch at (406) 683-7332 or [email protected]

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Veteran and Military Exchange (VMX)

The Veteran and Military Exchange (VMX) mission is to provide educational services for all those who served, their families and the advocates that support them.

The VMX offers a wide array of services to past and present service members and their families to assist with the transition to the academic environment. Services include access to computers, educational support and resources, community involvement opportunities, access to educational benefits and financial aid opportunities, informational events, peer-to-peer support and reintegration assistance. Staff from various offices across campus are available at dedicated times to answer questions, assist with benefits application and information and to address any questions that may arise.

The VMX is located in Montana Western’s Student Union Building (SUB).

For more information about Veteran and Military benefits, please contact Randal Johnson at [email protected].

For questions regarding VA benefits or help with Financial Aid, contact Louise Driver at [email protected].